Swell Voyage » Swell Book Release & Tour!
It's here!! I received my first copy of my book! It's wild enough to hold the culmination of a lifetime of dream-hunting and over three years of writing in my hands. I'm proud of the manuscript, but the way it has come together artistically blows me away! I can't say enough good things about my […]


It's here!! I received my first copy of my book! It's wild enough to hold the culmination of a lifetime of dream-hunting and over three years of writing in my hands. I'm proud of the manuscript, but the way it has come together artistically blows me away! I can't say enough good things about my team at Patagonia Books - Illustrator, Daniella Manini, Designer Mary Jo Thomas, Photo Editor Jenning Steger, Director Karla Olson and Editor-in-Chief Sharon AvRutick, plus many others who have granted such expertise. and attention to detail to make this book so beautiful.

I hope that sharing my personal story will allow others to follow their hearts and dreams, to love their own flaws and flawed stories, to lead their own adventure, no matter how big or small, and to seek to feel connected with all life. I read Tania Aebi's maiden voyage as a young woman and it opened my mental horizon to the possibility that I too could be a captain and sail the world. The biggest reward for sharing my story will be seeing where the next generation of young sea adventurers, especially the ladies, will navigate.

If you want, you can order my book here. And / or you can come to one of these book tour stops next month !! All events are free and no tickets required. I will show the video of the book trailer, the speaking story, reading passages and signing books. There will be limited edition (free) posters and mugs, t-shirts and of course books available!

BOOK TOURIST EVENTS

Mar 3/27 - Kaimuki Bookstore, Da Shop

3565 Harding Ave

Honolulu, HI 96816

808 734 7159

6 p.m. event

10% of sales go to the Changing Tides Foundation!

Weddings 03/28 - Patagonia Honolulu

940 Auahi St, Honolulu HI

808.593.7502

Time: Doors 6:00 p.m., Event 6:30 p.m.

Thursday 03/29 - Patagonia Haleiwa

66-250 Kamehameha Hwy., Haleiwa HI

808.637.1245

Time: Doors 6:30 p.m., The event starts at 7:00 p.m.

Mon 4/2 - Patagonia Cardiff, San Diego

2185 San Elijo Drive, Cardiff California

760.634.9886

Time: Doors 7:00 p.m., Event 7:30 p.m.

Live music and book readings

Mar 4/3 - Hobie Surf Shop Laguna Beach
294 Forest Ave, Laguna Beach, California

Time: Doors 7:00 p.m., Event 7:30 p.m.

949-525-2251

Wed 4/4 - Shoreline Yacht Club

386 E Shoreline Dr, Long Beach, CA 90802

Time: Doors 6:45 p.m., event 7 p.m.

Organized by Women's Sailing Association

Thu 4/5 - Patagonia Santa Monica

1344 4th St, Santa Monica Ca

310.395.6895

Time: Doors 7:00 p.m., Event 7:30 p.m.

Fri 4/6 - Patagonia Ventura

235 W Santa Clara St, Ventura CA

8056436074

Time: Doors 7:00 p.m., Event 7:30 p.m.

Sat 4/7 - Sandbox, Santa Barbara

414 Olive St, Santa Barbara, California

805) 770-8177

Time: 7 p.m.

Art exhibition, live music and book readings

Sun 4/8 - Bang the Drum, San Luis Obispo

950 Orcutt Rd, San Luis Obispo, California

(805) 242-8372

Time: 4 p.m.

Live music by Carmine Terracino, and the Turkey Buzzards, Brick four pizza

Mar 4/10 - Patagonia Santa Cruz

415 River St, Santa Cruz California

831.423.1776

Time: Doors 7:00 p.m., Event 7:30 p.m.

Weds 4/11 - Proof Lab Surf Shop
244 Shoreline Hwy, Mill Valley, CA 94941

Time: Doors 7:00 p.m., Event 7:30 p.m.

415-517-8155

Thu 4/12 - St Francis Yacht Club, San Francisco

99 Yacht Rd, San Francisco, California

(415) 563-6363

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Fri 4/13 - Patagonia Bend

1000 NW Wall St # 140, elbow OR

541.382.6694

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Proceed to Changing Tides Foundation and Protect Our Winters

Mon 04/16 - Patagonia Portland

1106 West Burnside Ave, Portland OR

503.525.2552

Time: Doors 7:00 p.m., Event 7:30 p.m.

Thu 4/19 - College Bookstore - Seattle

4326 University Way NE, Seattle, WA

(206) 634-3400

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Mar 4/24 - Patagonia Austin

316 Congress Ave, Austin TX

512.320.8383

Time: Doors 5: 30PM, Event 6: 00PM

Weds 4/25 - Patagonia St Paul

1648 Grand Avenue

651.698.1703

Time: Doors 7:00 p.m., Event 7:30 p.m.

Thursday 04/26 - Patagonia Chicago Mag Mile

48 E Walton St, Chicago IL

312.640.5934

Time: Doors 7:00 p.m., Event 7:30 p.m.

Mon 4/30 - Patagonia Pittsburgh

5509 Walnut St, Pittsburg, PA

412.214.8388

Time: Doors 7:00 p.m., Event 7:30 p.m.

Mar 5/1 - Patagonia Bowery - NYC

313 Bowery, New York, NY

212.228.2514

Time: Doors 7:00 p.m., Event 7:30 p.m.

Jeu 5/3 - Farias Surf & Sport - Ship Bottom
2800 Long Beach Blvd, ship's bottom, NJ

609-923-0749

Time: Doors 7:00 p.m., Event 7:30 p.m.

Fri 5/4 - Ashworth by the Sea Hotel (with Cinnamon Rainbows Surf Co)

295 Ocean Blvd, Hampton, New Hampshire 0384

603-918-7999

Time: Doors 7:00 p.m., Event 7:30 p.m.

Mar 5/8 - Zeal Optics Headquarters - Boulder

1230 Spruce St, Boulder, CO 80302

(303) 449-9322

Time: Doors 6:00 p.m., Event 7:00 p.m.


But I’ve learned a ton from my experiences, too. tera celebrate a full decade since I stumbled my way out of the U. K. and began a life of full-time travel, I’ve compiled an enormous list of my biggest and best travel tips. These are all things that I wish someone had told me before I started traveling, so I hope you’ll find them useful, inspiring, educational, and entertaining. I love trying new things, and I’ve found a thousand amazing dishes that I never would have discovered if I’d continue to eat from supermarkets around the world. Trying new food isn’t scary, and you’ll build your confidence up as you fall in love with more and more things.

One of the first lessons I learned on the road was that your partouze will nearly always change. You’ll arrive in a place and hate it and want to leave immediately, or you’ll fall in love with a destination and want to spend longer there. You’ll make friends with a group of awesome people and want to change your partouze so you can travel with them for longer, or you’ll find out about an amazing-sounding town that’s nearby and want to head there instead.

Sure, you should have a rough plan for your trip, but don’t book everything in advance or you’ll likely feel too restricted and end up regretting it. Book a one-way ticket and your first few nights of accommodation — you’ll figure the rest out along the way. It’s not as intimidating as it sounds. If you’re in a tourist destination there’ll always be someone who’s willing to take your money by giving you a place to stay.

If you do only one thing before you leave, make it getting travel insurance. I’ve heard far too many horror stories of travellers injuring themselves in remote places and ending up in hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of debt. Don’t think that it won’t happen to you, because you know those travellers thought that, too. I’ve use World Nomads for my travel insurance provider for six years and recommend them to everyone I know. They were fantastic to deal with when making a claim.

People laughed at me when I said that I was carrying around a dozen spare passport photos, but they’ve been incredibly useful and saved me a ton of time and hassle. Who wants to wander the streets of some rural town in Cambodia searching for someone who can take your photo ? Friends of mine had to do this !

I’ve used them to apply for visas around the world, to get a new passport when mine expired while I was on the other side of the planet, and I even needed one to buy a local SIM card in Nepal ! Having spares in my backpack meant that I didn’t have to waste a day researching and then wandering around a city to try to find someone who could take a passport-sized photo of me.

I’m fortunate to have never had to deal with lost luggage, but I did have my backpack ripped open on a flight and I was grateful to have not had anything valuable in it at the time. I’ve also been on dodgy buses in Southeast Asia where we’ve arrived at our destination and people have had items stolen by someone hiding out in the luggage hold while we were transit.

If there’s anything I’d be upset to lose, I keep it in my daypack, which is always by my side on travel days. For me, that’s my passport, laptop, camera, external drive, a debit card, and some spare cash. As long as I have all of these, I can survive indefinitely.

When you travel, you’re in the sun more than most people thanks to months of island-hopping and beach time, as well as entire days spent outside exploring. Wear sunscreen every single day, regardless of the weather and temperature, because you really don’t want your trip of a lifetime to result in skin cancer or a body that’s blanketed in leathery wrinkles.

There have been so many times when I’ve been too shy to ask someone to take my photo in a place and I’ve almost always regretted it. After eight years of travel, I probably only have around 200 photos of me around the world. Photos of the beautiful places you visit are great and all, but when you get home, they’re not all that different to the ones everyone else has taken there, too. Photos with you in them are special and they’ll mean a lot more to you when you look back at them. You’ll gain more respect from the locals if you can at least say hello, please, sorry, and thank you. On that note, remember : if you don’t speak the language, it’s your problem, not theirs. And please don’t start speaking louder to make yourself understood. Try miming instead, or using a translation app on your phone.

Travel isn’t conducive for sleep, whether it’s snorers in dorm rooms, early risers rustling plastic bags, or drunk backpackers stumbling around in the middle of the night. Even if you don’t stay in hostels, you’ll still have to deal with street noise from outside, loud parcs nearby, and uncomfortable overnight journeys. Pack some ear plugs and a sleep mask in your bag to help improve your sleep. I’ve been using Sleep Phones to block out light and listen to podcasts and I love them.

I’d always been all about the packing cubes, until I discovered vacuum-sealed variantes of them ! You throw your clothes in, seal the bag, then roll it up to push out all the air. I can literally fit twice as many clothes in my backpack when I use these ! Even if you don’t want to carry more things in your bag, it frees up so much space that if you need to pack in a hurry, you can just chuck everything in.

Sometimes your bank will block your card, sometimes your card won’t work in an ATM, and sometimes you could even lose it or have it stolen. Bring at least three debit/credit cards with you that are all linked to different accounts ( with money in them ! ) Keep one in your backpack, one in your daypack, and one on your person.

I carry a spare 300 USD that’s split up in various places in my backpack, daypack, and occasionally, my shoe when I’m nervous I’ll be robbed. It means that in a worse-case scenario, I can pay for some food, a dorm bed, and a Skype call to my family to get an emergency wire transfer until I can get back on my feet again. I went with U. S. dollars because it’s the most widely accepted currency around the world and easy to change.

When I decided to see if it was possible to visit the Maldives on a budget back in 2014, information was so sparse that I couldn’t even find a photo of the islands I’d decided to visit. Well, that trip was one of my highlights of the past eight years and I’m so glad I went, despite not being able to find any information online. And the advantage to that lack of information was getting to be the only tourist on an entire island — I had the whole beach to myself ! If you know it’s safe to travel somewhere, but can’t find out much else, go for it. It’s probably far easier to get there than you think. And if not, it makes for a good story.

I’m definitely testament to that ! But expecting everything to go perfectly on your trip is only setting yourself up to fail. Nobody goes travelling and comes back without any stories of mishaps. No matter how prepared you are, at some point you’re going to get lost, get scammed, miss your bus, get food poisoning, injure yourself… the list is endless ! Expect it to happen, and don’t beat yourself up when it does. In a month’s time, you’ll find it funny rather than frustrating.

It achieves absolutely nothing and makes you look like an asshole. Instead, calm down, put a smile on your face, think of how this will make a great story one day, and rationally figure out an option plan. This too shall pass.

What happens if you arrive in a city, go to grab your mail confirmation for your accommodation, and your phone and laptop are out of battery ? I always make sure I have a hard copy of my guesthouse name and their address, as well as directions if I won’t be taking a taxi. Once I arrive, I’ll grab one of the hotel’s cards, so I’ll always know where I’m staying, and can show it to locals to ask for help with finding my way back.

So many people will tell you not to travel with pantalons, but if you wear pantalons all the time at home, you’ll want to wear them while travelling, too. I didn’t start travelling with pantalons until my second year of travel, and guy, I missed them so much ! They’re not *that* bulky so you really don’t need to worry about the extra space and weight. And in many cities in Europe, you’ll want to wear jeans to fit in with the locals — you don’t want to look like a grubby backpacker in Paris !

Checking out is when you’re most likely to lose something. Whenever I check out of a place, I check the bathroom, I check under the beds, I check the desks, and then I make sure I have my passport, laptop, dashcam, money, phone, and external hard drive. I’ll be fine if I leave anything else behind. Having a routine that you go through every solo time will help you keep track of everything. I learned my lesson with this one when I left my passport behind in a guesthouse in Bagan, then left it in an apartment in London two months later.

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